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A Study on the Improvement for Safe Consumption of Wet Tissue - Focusing on Consumer’s Subjective Safety Assesment and Labeling Condition -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2014, 10(8), pp.81-97
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Yoo, Hyun-jung 1 HWANG, HYE SUN 1 Song Eugene 1

1충북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The risk of wet tissues has been a subject of controversy since a series of deaths of pregnant women and children due to the humidifier disinfectant in the spring of 2011 and the detection of the problematic humidifier disinfectant in wet tissues. Although consumers are aware of the risk of wet tissues, they show behavior different from the common consumer behavior such as trying to purchase safer wet tissues instead of reducing their usage. This study thus set out to investigate consumers' subjective safety evaluation and information reliability of wet tissues, preferred source of information, and actual labeling of wet tissues and propose improvement measure for consumers' safe uses of wet tissues. The research findings were as follows: first, the government should be more active with its management and supervision of product safety and try to restore consumer reliability in a long term. Secondly, measures should be taken so that consumers can use wet tissues safely such as active promotions of harmful substances and disclosure of safe products. Finally, there is a need to reinforce the labeling information criteria for wet tissues. The labeling criteria should be especially reinforced around the unification of product and model names, addition of cautions with usage including electric shock and allergy, indication of the recommended expiration date, usage of Korean and application of the Korean labeling criteria for imported wet tissues, provision of the major labeling information on the front of the package, and increased readability of major safety information through pictures and letters for consumers.

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